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Fairfield Students Share Vision for Community Garden
STUDENTS at Fairfield High School have shared their vision for a community garden with the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens.
The secondary school was awarded a £9,500 Awards for All grant from the Big Lottery Fund to develop a little-used grassed space for the benefit of students and people living in the neighbourhood.
The idea is that by working together to grow organic fruit and vegetables families will gain health benefits as well as feeling more of a sense of belonging. The area surrounding the school includes many properties that don’t have gardens and many of the people living there are from minority ethnic backgrounds.
Ms Mountstevens visited FHS, which has a strong reputation for building community cohesion, on Friday (June 24) and spoke to members of the school’s Nature Club about their plans to involve parents and members of the wider community, including residents with gardening expertise.
Science teacher Scott Mears said the project was an excellent opportunity to bring together people of varying ages and cultures.
The students intend the garden to have braille signage, wheelchair friendly paths and installations for the hearing impaired such as particular plants to heighten the senses, so that it will be accessible to all.
“Our students are very enthusiastic about the community garden and have some great ideas about what they can plant. Eventually, they intend to cook the veg they have grown,” he said.
Head of School Nick Lewis added: “We were delighted to have the chance to show Ms Mountstevens the many potential benefits of this project in our inner-city neighbourhood.
“We have some fantastic volunteers coming forward from the community but would love to hear from any gardening or cookery experts or groups who might be able to help us develop this further.”
Ms Mounstevens also took time to discuss with a group of Year 9 students in great detail about their view of the police, the profession in general and what the future holds.
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Burbage Primary School Running Club Success
Congratulations to our Running Club who ran fantastically well at the Avon Valley Mini Marathon on Saturday 25th June. The U9 girls came 1st in a field of 9 schools. The U9 boys came 4th in a field of 14 schools. The U11 girls came second in a field of 10 schools and the U11 boys came 4th in a field of 9 schools.
Thank you to Mrs Renshaw, Mrs Smith and all of the parent volunteers who run the club and help prepare our athletes so well.